Episode 1

What leaps in technology enabled the British to build the Western world’s longest metro system?

Episode 2

Revealing the technological leaps forward that have enabled the fastest train in the world – France’s TGV – to be developed.

Episode 3

The technological leaps forward that have enabled North Branch Correctional Institution in Maryland, USA, to become one of the most secure prisons in the world.

Episode 4

Revealing the technological leaps forward that have enabled the Arctic’s biggest icebreaking ship – the oil tanker Timofey Guzhenko – to be developed.

Episode 5

Discover the leaps in technology that enabled Chinese engineers to build the world’s tallest tower, the Canton Tower in the city of Guangzhou.

Episode 6

This film reveals the leaps in technology that enabled the biggest canal in the America’s to be constructed – the Panama Canal.

Big Bigger Biggest: Icebreakers (Giants Of The Ocean)

Weighing in at over 93 thousand tonnes, the Timofey Guzhenko is by far the biggest icebreaking ship to operate in the Arctic Ocean. It can smash through solid ice a metre and a half thick and pulverise blocks of ice the size of a car with its huge propellers. This film explores how this icebreaking ship was made possible through a series of four historic engineering breakthroughs. The film explores the inner workings of four landmark icebreakers, including the world’s first icebreaker, the German Eisbrecher 1 and the powerful nuclear powered Soviet icebreaker, the Lenin. Each features a major technological innovation that allowed engineers to build bigger and bigger icebreakers. The film explores the development of icebreaking bows, unique protection systems to keep ice away from the hull and powerful propulsion technology. Using stunning CGI animation, this film reveals the incredible stories behind these machines and the inventions that have enabled them to grow in size. Four ingenious leaps forward that enabled icebreakers to evolve …from BIG to BIGGER into the Arctic Ocean’s BIGGEST."

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for Channel 5